San Francisco's strategic location on the Pacific Rim makes it ideally suited to the study of Japanese language and culture.

Students of Japanese may engage in research using the many resources available in close proximity, including those of UC Berkeley and Stanford, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Asia Foundation, the Japan Society of Northern California, the Japanese American Association of Northern California, JETRO, and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. In addition, Japan Town, local Japanese bookstores (e.g., Kinokuniya Bookstore), cultural organizations, and media representatives provide a wide variety of up-to-date materials in numerous areas and disciplines.

Local Resources

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Online Newspapers


Online Translation Dictionaries


© Noriko Nagata — 2007 Cherry Blossom Festival, Japantown, San Francisco (top, middle, bottom)